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Gary McKinnon faces late November decision on UK criminal case

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Tue Nov 06 2012, 12:30

THE UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will meet in late November to decide whether they will press charges against Gary McKinnon, V3 has uncovered.

The revelation comes three weeks after UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the government had refused a request from the US government to extradite McKinnon on health grounds, as he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome.

However, she said at the time that he might still have a case to answer in the UK and that a final decision would be down to the CPS and director of public prosecutions, Keir Stammer.

It has now come to light that the CPS and the MPS will meet to discuss the situation in the coming weeks, having both undertaken research into the case.

"The Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police Service have agreed to form a joint panel to decide whether a new criminal investigation into the allegations against Gary McKinnon should take place," a CPS spokesperson told V3.

"It is proposed that the panel will convene in late November once some preliminary enquiries have been made by both the CPS and the MPS."

The CPS clarified the panel will decide whether to pursue a new criminal case against McKinnon, rather than issuing legal proceedings against him directly, adding that these talks may result in any action being taken or a decision being made.

The move to form a panel so soon after the government rejected the call for extradition is a marked difference to the 10 years of legal limbo McKinnon suffered under successive governments.

McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp, who campaigned tirelessly on her son's behalf, had always said that the family had no issue with McKinnon standing trial in the UK, but that due to his illness sending him to the US could have led to his suicide.

It was this risk, backed by the opinions of medical experts, that led May to decide against the extradition of McKinnon to the US. µ


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